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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Radar ~ Home Invasion Oregon ~ Mashed Potato Casserole ~ Chocolate Cupcake Day

Good 36º clear morning.

Rain is predicted for tomorrow here, but for now it's all in the far northwest, northeast, and Florida:

The State of Oregon abides by the so-called “Castle Doctrine.” Oregon law states a person is justified in using “deadly physical force upon another person” if the person is “committing or attempting to commit a burglary in a dwelling,” regardless of threat of harm.

In June 2016, an Oregon woman shot and killed a stranger found in her daughter’s bedroom. Four days before that shooting, a Portland homeowner shot and wounded ex-NFL player Stanley Wilson II after he was found naked trying to break into his home. Grand juries cleared both of those shooters of any wrongdoing.
In non-Castle Doctrine states, homeowners aren’t as protected. According to Jack Levin, a criminology professor emeritus at Northeastern University, you would have to wait until your life is threatened or property is taken before you can open fire.
But in Oregon, the only justification needed is to prove a home invasion occurred, and the person shot was the suspected perpetrator.

Historically this date
1867 – United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day

1954 – Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
... this was my Zenith transistor radio. I'd put it on the porch and listen to music while I mowed the lawn (no power mower...push!)

1968 – The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.

And births this date include....
1918 – Bobby Troup, American musician and actor (d. 1999)
...married to Julie London over 40 years. She died one year after Bobby.

1927 – George C. Scott, American actor (d. 1999)

1934 – Inger Stevens, Swedish actress (d. 1970)
....only 35 when she died.

1939 – Mike Ditka, American football player, coach, and commentator

1945 – Huell Howser, American television personality (d.2013)

1951 – Pam Dawber, American actress

1960 – Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor

1960 – Erin Moran, American actress (d.2017)

A tad different take on Mashed Potatoes..... a Mashed Potato Casserole. This will go great with that Thanksgiving turkey!

5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
2 T. minced onion
2 eggs
2 T. all purpose flour
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1¼ t. salt
1 t. black pepper
1 2.8oz can French-fried onions, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 325º
2. Coat a 2qt casserole dish with cooking spray
3. Place potatoes in soup pot and add enough water to cover and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to med and cook 12-15 minutes, until fork tender. Drain.
4. In with electric mixer, beat potatoes and cream cheese until smooth. Add onion, eggs, flour, parsley, salt and pepper and beat until well blended.
5. Spoon potato mixture into casserole dish. Sprinkle with French-fried onions and bake 35-40 minutes, until edges are golden and heated through.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Hump Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
October 18th


October 18, 2017 is

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

It’s National Chocolate Cupcake Day! Chocolate cupcakes are a delightful treat served at gourmet bakeries and kitchen tables across the country.
Cupcakes first emerged during the 19th century in the United States. There are two theories about how they got their name. One claims that the miniature cakes were originally baked in cups. The other suggests that the name comes from the recipe, which was measured out by the cup—one cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, four eggs, one cup milk, one spoonful baking soda.
Cupcakes are now made with a variety of flavors, ingredients, and decorations, but simple chocolate cupcakes remain a perennial favorite. Bake, frost, and decorate a batch today to celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day!
  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month | National Chili Month | National Dessert Month | National Pasta Month | National Roller Skating Month | Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month
  • This week is National Baking Week

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Clouds ~ 10-17 ~ Delta Dawn ~ Ham & Egg Muffins ~ Salmon & Veggies ~ Pasta Day

Good 36º cloudy morning.

Yesterday stayed clear with a tad of smoke invading our air ....
We warmed to 81º.

"10-17" = pick up papers

"10-17A" = are you holding papers?

'1017' was also Brian's  USMC Boot Camp Platoon number.

I was making a list for shopping and put on it Dawn Dish Soap. Then, ugh, I started singing Delta Dawn in my head!

This went on forever! So, since yesterday was "National Liquor Day" I thought I'd have a glass of liquor to maybe get that song to go away. Then I thought, not a good idea, as I would probably be singing it out loud!! I had a cup of tea!

Here is an easy good dish that I have made many times.... Ham & Egg Muffins

5 eggs
large spoonful of mayonnaise
½ cup chopped cooked ham (or bacon, Chorizo, chicken, Spam, etc)
½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
¼ cup sliced green onions

1. Preheat oven to 350º.
2. Coat 6 muffin cups with cooking spray.
3. In a bowl combine all ingredients. Mixing well.
4. Spoon into muffin cups.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until eggs are set. Serve immediately.

You can add: diced tomatoes, diced chiles, bell pepper, olives, garlic, onion, beans....... whatever floats your boat.

Historically this date....
1814 – London Beer Flood occurs in London, killing nine.

1931 – Al Capone convicted of income tax evasion.

1941 – German troops execute the male population of the villages Kerdyllia in Serres,Greece.

Too many sick sick leaders in this world who feel it is/was their right to "adjust" populations. Don't get me started. I am so glad Saddam is off the face of the earth and waiting tables in Hell!

1966 – A fire at a building in New YorkNew York kills 12 firefighters, the New York City Fire Department's deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks.

1989 – 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (7.1 on the Richter scale) hits the San Francisco Bay Area and causes 57 deaths directly (and 6 indirectly).

While traveling to my sister Marion's, in Lake Tahoe, my son Brian and I are listening to the World Series ... the earthquake struck, unbeknownst to us, and the radio went off. We thought it was because of a bad reception area. Arrived at my sis's and she was jumping up and down on the deck shouting, "The Bay Bridge has fallen down, the Bay Bridge has fallen down!" Gosh, we both wondered what in the world ... had she been smokin' her socks????? Lordy. So, after that, we sat spellbound in front of the TV for hours watching all the mess in San Francisco unfold. My nephew Andy at Candlestick Park on the upper deck said the whole deck was swinging back and forth. Fortunately it didn't fall. Wow.
David, Jim, Marion, Bill, and Andy.... 1988

And births this date include...
1915 – Arthur Miller, American playwright (d. 2005)
1918 – Rita Hayworth, American actress (d. 1987)>

1920 – Montgomery Clift, American actor (d. 1966)

1921 – Tom Poston, American actor and comedian (d. 2007)

1926 – Beverly Garland, American actress (d. 2008)

1938 – Evel Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil (d. 2007) 

1946 – Bob Seagren, American athlete

1948 – Margot Kidder, Canadian actress
1948 – George Wendt, American actor

1958 – Alan Jackson, American singer and songwriter

Later dinner was an Omaha Steaks Lemon Dill
Salmon filet.... and steamed broccoli and carrots... Salmon 7 minutes in Air Fryer and vegetables steamed for 7 minutes in microwave ....

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
October 17th

Today is National Pasta Day. Choose your favorite pasta shape, there's over 600 of them, add your favorite sauce, and chow down! For many of us, the first sauce that comes to mind is red tomato spaghetti sauce. There's plenty other sauces and toppings to choose from, including Alfredo sauce, clam sauce, and cheese sauce, to name a few. To celebrate this special day, it doesn't matter what sauce you use. All that is important, is that you use pasta noodles. ... sorry, no spaghetti squash today. 
When we think of pasta, Italy and Italian cuisine comes to mind. Pasta has a long, long history, and it did not originate in Italy. Pasta noodles are made from dough consisting of water, flour, and sometimes other spices and ingredients. Ancient cultures were making and cooking pasta noodles long before they were introduced to Italy and other parts of Europe. Marco Polo has been erroneously credited with bringing spaghetti and pastas to Europe. Historical records show Europeans cooking pasta well before Marco Polo began his travels. Historical records  also show that Arab cultures were selling dried spaghetti-like noodles in open markets in the early 1200's. The Chinese were the first to make pasta, cooking pasta noodles as far back as 5,000 B.C.
While ancient cultures were making and eating spaghetti and other pastas well before it came to Europe, it's the Italians who popularized it in cuisines of Europe and America. It was introduced into the United States through the travels of Thomas Jefferson, who brought it back from Naples, Italy in 1789. Italian immigrants also brought it over with them to the U.S., where its popularity quickly spread. 
Pasta is the Italian word for dough.

Did you Know? Americans consume about 20 pounds of pasta per person per year.